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Passenger transport starts on Tibet's new railway

Date: 2014.08.19 Editor: Evelyn Shi

On 16 Aug, passenger transport service started on the newly opened Lhasa-Xigaze (also called Shigatse) railway, the second rail line in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.


Train K9821 left the Lhasa railway station at 9 a.m. Saturday and arrived at the Xigaze station at 11:59 a.m. It made four stops along the way. Train K9822 leaves Xigaze at 5:30 p.m. and arrives in Lhasa at 8:27 p.m.


The Lhasa-Xigaze railway is the first extension of the 1956-km Qinghai-Tibet railway, which began operation in 2006. The Qinghai-Tibet railway is the world's highest, built at an elevation of more than 5,000 meters above sea level.